Voloshyn Gallery, Kiev
My key defining feature as an artist, I believe, lies in the fact that I constantly search for new means of expressing my thoughts and feelings. One series often organically evolves into the next. On the one hand, I treasure painting and the skills instilled in me by academic schooling in painting, yet on the other, I often yearn to transcend its boundaries and to create something different. The very process of the search fascinates me. I like balancing between neo-expressionism and minimalism, and experimenting with materials (including glass and metal). Despite my interest in fundamental and hard sciences, I often rely on the subconscious, which lends my works an emotional edge.
The theme I would like to develop can be described as “Space and Humankind.” I have been working on the Genesis series of abstract metal sculptures for two years now. Genesis describes the emergence of something new. Although seemingly chaotic, the sculptures are ordered based on their form and content. In a way, they follow the transformations of things that inspire or affect me. Non-narrative, they are a product of a fleeting feeling. The sculptures are antagonistic to their surroundings, they appear to conflict with the environment: moveable and unpredictable, they are chaos and movement incarnate. Viewers have to find their own framework for understanding the images.
I’m also continuing to work on Space, my series of minimalist landscapes on glass. I’m not trying to force my opinions or visions on the audience with these works, I rather expect viewers to enter dialogue with the works and with themselves. Space is a psychological project about our inner world.
Voloshyn Gallery also presents Volodymyr Kohut, Artificial Intelligence – Mimicry at the VOLTA VIDEO WALL